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Old 10-17-2007, 12:39 PM   #1
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I have a 9 week old Labrador Retriever called Scampy who is adorable. I'm really new to all this and find myself rather flummoxed at times about what I should, shouldn't, could or couldn't do!

We are making good progress in socialization and also in training. Accidents in the house tend to happen on rainy days but not at all on dry ones. She will obeys Sit, Down, Watch and off but not 100% reliably.

Anyway, my main questions are 1) How much is it normal for them to sleep - mine seems to sleep almost as much as she's awake! 2) How do I get her to walk on a lead without trying to chew her way out of it or sitting down and refusing to move? 3) Chewing! Oh my word, she chews everything in site, she has lots of chew toys but prefers chewing on something really hard such as my stairs or door frames. What's the best thing to give her as an alternative?

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Old 10-17-2007, 12:49 PM   #2
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Hi Ally and welcome to the forum!

Good job working on training, keep it up. It takes a while for any dog to be 100 % reliable.

At nine weeks they do sleep a lot, and they seem to wake up only to eat, play, pee and poo, and then they go back to sleep.

They do love to chew on things and the chewing will get worse before it gets better. Do you have a variety of chew toys? Like hard ones, soft ones and everything in beween? Of course you don't want her chewing on your hosue and furniture, so the thing to do is watch her closely and as soon as she starts chewing on something she shouldn't, say 'no' or 'ah-ah' and hand her the chew toy that she is allowed to chew on. Praise her when she starts chewing on it so she learns what is ok to chew on and what is not ok to chew on. Try putting the chew toys in the freezer, that may help.

Good luck and hang in there!
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Hello and welcome to the forum. Great to have you with us. You'll find lots of Lab lovers here. DF has lots of Labs here. I hope you'll post pics. We love pics around here & especially puppies.

Puppies do sleep A LOT. It sounds like you're describing a normal baby. They do need their beauty rest & need to rest to build back up enough energy to go on to their next adventure.

Try putting the leash on her & let her run around the house with it on until she gets used to it. Every now & then, catch up to her & pick up the leash to walk along with her. Everything associated to the leash should be fun so make sure to find fun things to do with her while on leash.

Get some treats & toys to use as things to coax her to come along willingly while on leash. Reluctance to the leash is quite common at first but she'll get used to it soon & will look forward to going for leash walks if you make sure to keep it fun.

Yes, chewing! Retrievers = stuff in mouth. I'd get her a big selection of toys & chews. A spray bottle of bitter apple will likely come in handy to spray the things she's not supposed to chew. When you catch her in the act of chewing something appropriate, distract her & give her something appropriate to chew instead. Praise her for chewing the right stuff.

Good luck with your new pup!
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Anyway, my main questions are 1) How much is it normal for them to sleep - mine seems to sleep almost as much as she's awake! 2) How do I get her to walk on a lead without trying to chew her way out of it or sitting down and refusing to move? 3) Chewing! Oh my word, she chews everything in site, she has lots of chew toys but prefers chewing on something really hard such as my stairs or door frames. What's the best thing to give her as an alternative?

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Puppies sleep for many hours so don't worry about him sleeping to much. When puppies sleep they are growing and recharging.

Make walking on a leash a game but do not allow the puppy to chew on the leash, redirect it's attetion with a toy if she does chew on the lead, use loads of praise when puppy does right! Take your pup for short walks, maybe start with 5-10 minutes. A pup can only consentrait for short periods of time so don't get frustrated as they get older they can absorb more info. For now keep it short and fun!

Give your pup frozen raw carrots to chew on, as a puppy teethes they need good things to chew on. Puppy kongs are great, stuff them with good things like peatnut butter and freeze them too, then giev to puppy. Give your puppy a raw knuckle bone to chew outside and lots of hard rubber toys.

Best wishes and please post some pics of the cutie soon!

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Old 10-17-2007, 01:11 PM   #5
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hi
chewing, well theres not a lot you can do unless your with your pup 24/7
unless you get a crate for when your out,i have a japaneese akita and she has chewed her way through everything,including 8 remotes,countless pairs of trainers/shoes/slippers/boots even coats,it is hard but good luck,
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Old 10-17-2007, 01:22 PM   #6
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Wow, so many replies so soon, thank you so much.
I am with puppy almost 24/7 and when I'm not I put her in her crate.
I shall try the frozen carrots and all the other advice.

I'll post some piccys soon.

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One thing I advise about chewing, once she starts teething, a good idea is get an old face cloth, wet it, then freeze it. It soothes the pups gums and gives them something to chew at the same time! My best friend did this with her black Lab pup last year, and she found it really helped.
Looking forward to seeing photos of your pup!
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